Events

2019 AEDCE Conference

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) Conference!

The Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) Annual Conference is the premier annual gathering of economic development and chamber professionals in Arkansas. This conference is THE place for chamber professionals and economic developers to gain classroom knowledge as well as glean wisdom from their peers while building their professional network.

Events at the AEDCE Annual Conference include the Annual AEDCE Awards Luncheon, Golf Tournament (additional fee), Networking Building Reception (Monday evening), the State of the State Breakfast featuring Mike Preston, and insightful general and breakout sessions tailored for the chamber or economic development professional.

This year's conference is in Fort Smith at the Fort Smith Convention Center. The conference will begin on Monday morning, August 26th and conclude on Tuesday afternoon, August 27th.


Conference Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Fort Smith City Center

700 Rogers Avenue - Fort Smith, AR. 72901

(479) 783-1000

Room Rate: $89/night plus tax - Click here to book

Please reference AR Economic Developers Conference when booking via phone.

***Room block closes on July 27, 2019.***


Registration Fees

The pricing below includes all scheduled conference activities and meals. Daily pricing is available and includes only those items on the designated day.

AEDCE Member Pricing

  • Early Bird: $250/per person (through August 2nd)
  • Standard: $300/per person (after August 2nd)
  • Monday Only: $150/per person
  • Tuesday Only: $150/per person


Non-Member Pricing

  • Early Bird: $350/per person (through August 2nd)
  • Standard: $400/per person (after August 2nd)
  • Monday Only: $225/per person
  • Tuesday Only: $225/per person

AGENDA

Day 1 (August 25, 2019)

11 AM-5 PM: AEDCE Golf Tournament

5 PM-6 PM: AEDCE Executive Committee Meeting

6 PM-7 PM: AEDCE Board of Directors Meeting

8 PM-12 AM: AT&T Hospitality Suite Opens

Day 2 (August 26, 2019)

8 AM-8:30 AM: Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM-9 AM: Welcome

9 AM-10 AM: General Session 1 - Talking ‘Bout My Generation: Generations should be your GREATEST strength, not your BIGGEST headache!

10 AM-10:15 AM: Networking Break

10:15 AM-11:15 AM: General Session 2 - Preparing Your Community for the Future of Work

11:30 AM-1 PM: AEDCE Awards Luncheon

1 PM-2 PM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2 PM-3 PM: General Session 3 - Transforming the Way We Work – Arkansas’s Government Transformation

3 PM-3:15 PM: Networking Break

3:15 PM-4:15 PM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

4:15 PM-5:15 PM: General Session 4 - Political Roundtable/Legislative Update

5:30 PM-7 PM: Network Building Reception

8 PM-12 AM: AT&T Hospitality Suite Opens

Day 3 (August 27, 2019)

8 AM-9:15 AM: State of the State Breakfast & Membership Meeting

9:15 AM-9:45 AM: Speed Mini General Session - Arkansas's Good Roads Lead to Economic Development

10 AM-10:45 AM: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:45 AM-11 AM: Networking Break

11 AM-12 PM: General Session 5 - Site Location Consultant Panel

12:30 PM-2 PM: ADD ON: Post-Conference Site Selection Consultant Roundtable

* Please confirm directly with the promoter or box office to ensure event details have not changed.